As we've been sifting through papers and digitizing things, we have uncovered many "treasures" to be shared. Following is a document found (copied word for word..no author given...I'm guessing this was published in the Oskaloosa Independent)
Mr. Elmer Stevenson, Oskaloosa artist-mechanic, is the curator of a museum opened this week in the Critchfield building under sponsorship of a State WPA division, the school board of Oskaloosa district 29 cooperating.
Two rooms on second floor have been assigned by the board to house the museum and additional rooms will be made available as needed. Mr. Henry Sticher, state supervisor of the museum project, brought to Oskaloosa yesterday the first shipment of articles for the collection which will be loaned to this community for an indefinite period. Mr. Stevenson has added items of his own handicraft, some articles donated and solicits the contribution of still others.
Most interesting among the items of the state loan are two dozen colored block prints of Kansas historical landmarks, such as the Quivera cabin, the old windmill on Mt. Oread, first state capital, John Brown at Osawatomie and many other scenes worthy of presentation. These prints are the creation of Margaret Whittemore, Topeka author-illustrator.
The loan also include articles of woodcraft made in WPA shops by relief clients, such as a loom, an oil derrick, a log cabin, all made of native walnut. Of peculiar interest because of their novelty are the articles of cow horn.
Mr. Stevenson has appointed on the local museum committee Mrs. Elmer Stevenson, Mrs. Gus Kern, Mrs. Henry Smith. This committee would like to be informed of articles that local persons are willing to loan to the collection. Such articles, if accepted, will be properly placed and labeled.
Mr. Stevenson is yet quite busy making shelves and other furnishings for the rooms; as soon as this work is complete he will announce the date for a public opening which will be made a community occassion.